Newly Published Books To Read Now


These books are hot off the presses, just published this month.  Have you read any of them yet?  I am excited to share them with you.

Let’s take a look! 



The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins received tons and tons of stellar reviews!  The Shadows We Hide, a sequel to The Life We Bury, was published this month and is getting rave reviews too.


In the highly-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family’s past.

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.

Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town’s residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife’s inheritance after she, too, passed away–an inheritance that may now be Joe’s.

Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son’s life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history– before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.


I was about to sit down with a blanket, my dogs, and this book when I realized I should probably read The Life We Bury first.  I think this is a case where both books should be read in order so the reader has the necessary background information to connect with the characters.

Have you read either of these? I’m so excited to dig in!



I’m so happy when I start a new book and it pulls me in right away. Such is the case with The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes. I stayed up very late to finish this novel because I HAD TO KNOW what was going to happen.

Ella has been living a very solitary life. She goes to work, comes home and goes to bed and starts all over again. She keeps to herself even though she works in an office full of people who invite her out for drinks and show interest in getting to know her, especially her coworker, Liam. Something terrible happened in her past and she fears getting close to new people.

One day while bicycling home from work in the rain, she gets hit by a van and ends up in critical care. Awakening from a medically induced coma, she is told her husband has been to there see her. Only Ella doesn’t have a husband. The handsome man who has been keeping vigil next to her bedside is none other than someone from her past, someone she thought had died…

Zach insists on moving wheelchair bound Ella to their new home where he promises to take care of her. He keeps her locked in the house all day, with multiple cameras watching her every move. When he comes home with a baby, telling her their family is complete, she knows Zach is insane. She has a broken arm and leg so she physically cannot leave. And if she tries, Zach threatens that he will go to the police and tell them about the crime she committed, the crime she assumed Zach died from.

This book had me turning pages, gripped with fear for Ella and the baby. Chapters switch from past to present, keeping the reader totally engaged.

Here is the official synopsis:

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon…

But Ella has never been married.  In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socialising, quietly harbouring a terrible secret from her past.  Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognises the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife.

What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire, he knows her secret too…

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, you must get your hands on this book. You will probably read it in one day!



River Bodies by Karen Katchur caught my eye with this cover! When I read the synopsis, I knew I’d love this book and its next up to bed read on my Kindle. It takes place on the east coast, which is where I grew up, I always like books where I can picture the setting because I’ve been there.

This novel promises to be a compelling murder mystery with a heavy dose of suspense. Sometimes I like a creepy thriller and other times I’m in the mood for a slower story with a good wrap up at the end.

Here’s what you need to know: 

A body just turned up in the small town of Portland, Pennsylvania. The crime is eerily similar to a twenty-year-old cold case: another victim, brutally murdered, found in the Delaware River. Lead detective Parker Reed is intent on connecting the two murders, but the locals are on lockdown, revealing nothing.

The past meets the present when Becca Kingsley, who returns to Portland to be with her estranged but dying father, runs into Parker, her childhood love. As the daughter of the former police chief, Becca’s quickly drawn into the case. Coming home has brought something ominous to the surface – memories long buried, secrets best kept hidden. Becca starts questioning all her past relationships, including one with a man who’s watched over her for years. For the first time, she wonders if he’s more predator than protector.

In a small town where darkness hides in plain sight, the truth could change Becca’s life – or end it.


Dark, gripping and well written,  just a few words I’ve seen describe this novel.  This is the perfect book to read on a rainy, stormy winter night!



Though I LOVE dark, creepy, scary,  page-turning thrillers, I do like to take a break with something light and funny like For Once in My Life by Colleen Coleman. Its nice to read a book which offers up pure fun and joy.

Here’s the synopsis:

Twenty-nine-year-old Lily Buckley planned to be happily married and in her dream job by now. Instead she’s been single since being left at the altar three years ago, and works at her local paper, writing about two-foot-long courgettes at the summer fete and a dog who looks exactly like Chewbacca.

Not quite what she was dreaming of.  So when Lily’s given the opportunity to write her own column it’s exactly what she’s always wanted – except what she has to write about. She has to do one thing every week that scares her.

With encouragement from sexy colleague – and adrenalin-junkie – Christopher, Lily agrees. From sky-diving to haunted houses, Lily is going to be pushed to her limit. But Lily is hiding something – the thing that she fears the most of all…  Ever since her heart was broken Lily has been afraid of falling in love again. Will fear hold her back once more – or can Christopher help her to finally find happiness?

Lily is a great character, both funny and relatable, reminding me a little of a character in a Sophie Kinsella book.  I’m sure many of us are stuck in our day to day routines, not venturing outside the lines and really enjoying what life has to offer. Lily is able to push herself to make positive changes and as a result, change her life. Fun!



I love pop culture and couldn’t wait to read The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy. I am just a few chapters in so far and really enjoying it!

Here’s the scoop:

When you hear the phrase pop culture, you likely think reality television, boy bands or Real Housewives of various cities. While these are elements of popular culture, they aren’t all it has to offer. Pop culture may not cure diseases, topple political regimes, or make scientific breakthroughs, but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.

In fact, it’s pretty hard to define the human experience without it. And it’s impossible to create pop culture without the human experience. Popular podcaster Knox McCoy understands this, and so do the tens of thousands of listeners who tune in to hear him talk about pop culture every week on his wildly popular podcast, The Popcast with Knox and Jamie.

In The Wondering Years, Knox explores this idea of connecting popular culture to his own experiences. Through hilarious yet poignant stories, he reflects on how pop culture has helped shape his life and carve out the foundation of his faith. While the three cultural tentpoles—the South, the Church, and Sports—defined many aspects of his East Tennessee upbringing, it was pop culture that most definitively influenced Knox and his sense of the world at large.

Through books, television, music, and movies, Knox found many of the answers he was searching for about God and the universe and why we are all here. The Wondering Years is a hilarious look back at the key influences that shaped Knox’s formative years and his faith, a reminder of our own encounters with pop culture that have shaped each of our formative years and continue to influence us today.

Knox is warm, introspective and funny as he writes about pop culture references and his faith.  I love looking back at the 80s/90s and reflecting on my own past as I read the author’s essays.



I am super excited that my own book is out! The Low-Oxalate Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook features recipes that are gluten free, nut free, soy free, yeast free, low sugar and uses common ingredients. Meals can be thrown together in about thirty minutes and easily adapted to suit your needs.

I wrote this book after going on a low-oxalate diet and struggling to find recipes that were both gluten-free and nut- free as well as low oxalate.

The book is a hardcover with tons of information in it. I researched so much in order to present the necessary facts to those who are new to living low oxalate! This will be available at Target and Barnes & Noble on November 27 but is ready to ship if you order on

Nothing fancy or gourmet, just simple low-stress recipes! I have written extensively about oxalates on this site, and if you do a search for “oxalates” my articles will come up. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a lot of info on Pinterest on my Low Oxalate board. 

You can order on Amazon here.